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Sport and Wellbeing Q&A - Facilities From the 17th of May

Published: 14 May 2021
Volleyball in the JSH

Starting this coming Monday the 17th of May, Sport and Wellbeing will be able to broaden the range of offerings available to all customers throughout our facilities. As this involves the reintroduction of fitness classes, court bookings, and indoor AU and IM sessions, we understand that there may be a few questions raised regarding the changes that are being put into place.

To help better lay out our plans, we have created a Q&A for some of the questions that you may have for us at this time!

What have you based your rules and roadmap on?

The steps and processes in our current roadmap are based on official guidelines laid out by the UK Government. You can find further information on these guidelines on the government’s official website.

Can I book into my indoor AU training session now?

Our management team are currently co-ordinating with AU clubs to get Risk Assessments (RA) signed off. Only after your club's Risk Assessment has been approved will the sessions be opened up to booking.

Can I casually book the Jubilee Sports Hall?

Yes, the Jubilee Sports Hall will open from Monday the 17th of May. Available activities will include Badminton, Basketball, Volleyball, Netball, and Table Tennis. These can be booked for £4.50 per person for non-members, or inclusive with membership for all users on a rolling monthly contract.

Can I casually book the Team Southampton Hall?

No, the Team Southampton Hall in Building 42 (SUSU building) will be closed for all activities except Athletics Union and Intramural activities.

Can I casually book a Squash court?

Yes, Squash will be available for booking from Wednesday the 19th of May. Please be aware that the SUSU building will only be open for the following times:

Monday - Wednesday: 09:00 until 21:30

Thursday - Friday: 09:00 until 17:00

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

We will be updating all customers as soon as this changes.

What rules will be in place for casual bookings?

The current guidelines for playing indoor sports recreationally stipulate that groups should only consist of 'the rule of 6' or 2 households playing together. All attendees should log their visit at Jubilee Sports Centre reception before going through the turnstiles, as the system will not allow them through without a booking.

Can I change and shower if I am using the swimming pool?

Yes, the changing facilities will continue to be available for all swimming pool users. However, all customers are asked to minimise their time spent in the changing facilities as much as possible, through means such as attending their booking with a swimming costume already underneath clothing. Please also note that hair dryers will still not be available.

Can I change and shower if I am using the gym or any other facilities?

No, the changing facilities will not be available for anyone except swimmers until further notice. We are asking customers who plan to use the gym or sports courts to attend already dressed in your sports kit, ready to go. You will then need to leave straight after your session has completed.

Do I still need to wear face coverings in the buildings?

At this time, face coverings are still mandatory when moving through the building. Customers are able to remove these when participating in fitness or sporting activities.

Are fitness classes returning?

Yes, we are delighted to share that face-to-face fitness classes will be coming back as of Monday the 17th of May. We will be starting with two 30-minute Indoor Cycling classes, one at 12:15 and the other at 13:00. Check out our Fitness Class timetable (Under 'Useful Downloads' at the bottom of the article) for more offerings available throughout the week.

Will you still be offering virtual fitness classes?

Yes, we will continue to offer regularly scheduled virtual fitness classes via Facebook Live. If you miss one, you can catch up via our YouTube page. In addition, some of the face-to-face classes will also streamed live so you can take part even if you can’t make it to the Jubilee Sports Centre.

However, the camera will only be focussed on the instructor so don’t feel as though there will be any pressure if attending the class in person!

Do I still need to book in advance before swimming or going to the gym?

Yes, the advance booking system will still be in place until further notice. We are required to continue controlling and monitoring density in the facilities, so all customers must reserve a place before they can attend a particular activity.

How do I book?

You can make a booking via our online JoinIn system, or by using the UoS Sport app, which is available on all Apple and Android smartphones. If you are a first time user of the app, you may find it useful to follow our step-by-step guide on setting yourself up. Please find the guide below, under 'Useful Downloads'.

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